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The Sun Path Products NSL News has launched the preview of the event with several stories, and the polls for the prediction of the winners in the four Formation Skydiving categories have been out there for a while, as well.
The current results of the polls offer no surprises at all, and serious competition for the gold medals are expected only in two of the four events. In fact, even the votes in 4-way Open Class competition have NMP-PCH Hayabusa far ahead of the other three optional top contenders.
|Mondial Dubai 2012||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Arizona Airspeed (US)||27||34||27||22||23||23||32||25||40||26||279||27.9|
|2||NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)||25||34||27||21||23||24||32||27||40||25||278||27.8|
|3||Aerodyne Aerokart (FR)||26||30||27||21||23||25||29||23||37||24||265||26.5|
|5||Sky Panthers Barkli (RU)||19||29||22||21||21||18||28||20||35||20||233||23.3|
Arizona Airspeed, defending world champion, has two new members, and the situation is the same for the French national team Volt'R. Both teams had two years to get ready with the new lineups, while Hayabusa has completed four years with the same lineup for the first time in the team career.
The three Lemay brothers of Evolution from Canada have trained and competed with Katie Woods as a new team member for two years, and Russia's 4-way team Barkli had to replace 4-way and 8-way veteran Oleg Shalamykhin. It does not seem to be a surprise at all that NMP-PCH Hayabusa is so far ahead of all other teams.
Arizona Airspeed is famous and has a history in getting to the top scoring level very quickly. It would be a surprise if the reigning world champions would not make it very difficult for the Belgians to win the gold medals.
Insiders are also speaking very highly of the Canadians and even expect them in contention for the gold medals. The three Evolution brothers (Martin, Vincent, Benoit Lemay) are also competing in VFS 4-way. Is it possible to be on medal level in both events at the same time? Will the new Barkli lineup be able to keep close to the other four top teams just by talent and experience? All the answers will come round by round next week in Prostejov...